Even before purchasing my first Cleansing Oil, I had already started double cleansing my face. I started using a homemade recipe composed of vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil) plus glycerin. It was a good recipe, to be honest. The only reason I decided using it was because I was making use of a very water resistant sunscreen called Bioré UV Perfect Face Milk. I believe you guys have heard of this sunscreen, right? It’s impossible to remove with water-based cleansers.
The only bad thing about this homemade recipe is that it’s free of emulsifiers, and being free of it means it won’t be washed off by water. However, I didn’t care about it being non-emulsifying because after the Cleansing Oil (homemade or not) a water-based cleanser is recommended. I was using a water-based cleanser capable of removing the entire layer of oil that was left on my face (Skinceuticals LHA Cleanser) but even though I was having good results with the homemade one, I decided to buy a real Cleansing Oil. The chosen one was the long-titled the SAEM Natural Condition Pore Cleansing Oil, that is meant to deep cleanse pores.
This botanical-rich Cleansing Oil removes makeup and excess sebum easily rinses off and leaves skin soft and hydrated. Mineral-rich sea mud and charcoal powder purify skin, removing excess sebum and drawing out impurities from pores. Antioxidant-rich botanical extracts — over 15 of them! — repair and protect skin from free radical damage incurred throughout the day.
The ingredient list is in Korean. Below there is the translated list.
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Water, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Charcoal Powder, Sea Silt Extract, Pumpkin Extract, Carrot Extract, Tomato Extract, Apple Extract, Cabbage Extract, Broccoli Extract, Celery Extract, Asparagus Extract, Raspberry Extract, Cranberry Extract, Açaí Extract, Strawberry Extract, Spinach Extract, Alfalfa Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Cotton Extract, Chamomile Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Analysis of some ingredients
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: Ethoxylated polyethylene glycol ester made from glycerin and coconut oil. An excellent emulsifying agent with emollient and skin conditioning properties;
Dipropylene Glycol: Solvent and moisturizing agent;
PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate: A surfactant for self-emulsifying cleansing oils. It provides strong makeup removing effect;
Charcoal Powder: Skin purifying, oil-absorber;
Sea Silt Extract: It’s said to be rich in nutrients;
Pumpkin Extract, Carrot Extract, Tomato Extract, Apple Extract, Cabbage Extract, Broccoli Extract, Celery Extract, Asparagus Extract, Raspberry Extract, Cranberry Extract, Açaí Extract, Strawberry Extract, Spinach Extract, Alfalfa Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Cotton Extract, Chamomile Extract, Olive Leaf Extract: A mix (or a salad?) of fruits and vegetables that might contain antioxidant properties.
Acne triggers according to CosDNA
Butylene Glycol strikes 1 out of 5. Chamomile Extract strikes 2 out of 5.
Irritants according to CosDNA
Carbomer is the only one and strikes 1 out of 5.
Safety according to CosDNA
Most ingredients are green flagged except PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate and Potassium Hydroxide which are yellow flagged and strike 3 out of 9. PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Chamomile Extract, and Phenoxyethanol are yellow flagged and strike 4 out of 9. Fragrance strikes between 1 and 4 out of 9.
CosDNA Analysis: the SAEM Natural Condition Pore Deep Cleansing Oil.
A black plastic bottle with a pump.
Texture and scent
The texture is liquid and I find better pumping it directly on my face than pumping it on my fingers and run the risk of losing some product because of its runniness. The color is black! It’s very dark. The bottle has to be shaken in order to solubilize the charcoal inside. If it’s not shaken, pieces of charcoal can be seen.
The intensity of the scent is medium and it smells like lavender (not my favorite scent) which I find very weird for a black product.
How to use
Shake the bottle and apply the desired amount on dry face. Massage the face and wash off with water.
Isn’t it awesome when a product turns out to be better than what you were hoping for? I confess that I wasn’t expecting much from this relatively cheap product (I paid less than 15 dollars). I couldn’t find its ingredient list and when I buy a product without acknowledging its ingredient list I just don’t put my faith in.
The thing is, I was really impressed by this product. It emulsifies greatly well. The water is capable of removing 100% of it and I don’t feel the need of using foam or soap afterward. The only thing I usually use is the Back to Iceland Cleansing Water and that’s it. It cleanses my pores very well (especially nose pores) and doesn’t leave my face tight. It also removes foundation, sunscreen, concealer, and powder very well.
It certainly is a product that overcame what I expected. It has a nice texture, funny color, good price, does a great job, doesn’t dehydrate my skin. The lavender scent is absolutely not the best thing about it in my opinion. I don’t think this product would be good for those with dry skin.
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